Its intentions are noble: to make a hero of out the forgotten man, Claus Philipp Maria Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise), who tried to kill Hitler in 1944 in order to seize control of Germany and broker a truce with the Allies. But Valkyrie has no interest in truly memorializing him; this isnt really Oscar fare, even though its based-on-a-true-story baggage, period clothing. location setting and reputable A-list cast (Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Eddie Izzard, Kenneth Branagh, Terence Stamp) suggest as much. What to do with a movie thats impossible to spoil (you do know the ending, right?) and winds up with the hero assassinated by a coward? (Didnt work out well for that Jesse James movie last year, eitherI mean, the ending was right in the title.) Well, the supporting performances are top-notch, but Cruise is all we see hereEthan Hunt in an eye patch. Even when saying goodbye to his wife and kids for a final time, his Satuffenberg never seems like a man for whom theres anything at stakemaybe missed dinner reservations. Valkyrie feels like another installment in the never-ending franchisenot just the action-movie one, but the Tom Cruise one.
Bryan SingerTom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Carice Van Houten, Thomas Kretschmann, Eddie Izzard, Christian Berkel, Terence Stamp, Stephen FryChristopher McQuarrie, Nathan AlexanderBryan Singer, Christopher McQuarrieMGM